Monday, September 17, 2012

Editorial: Airline Right or Wrong

American Airlines recently refused to allow a teen with Down syndrome to fly from Newark to Los Angeles with his parents because the pilot deemed him a safety risk. The teen's parents, Robert and Joan Vanderhorst, said they plan to sue the airline for discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Although not all details of case are known at this point, the incident appears to be a troubling reminder of how precarious and subjective airline security remains 11 years after 9/11. Even so, the issue here wasn't terrorism, but an airline's subject determination and fuzzy explanation about why the child couldn't be allowed to fly.

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